Welcome to the Divisional portal of the website. Within this section you'll find the resources at the local level to help you complete your Award journey. Your Division is the Province or Territory in which you currently live and are completing your Award.

Welcome to Nova Scotia


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As your Nova Scotia Division, we are here to guide and support you while you are on the road to achieving your Award. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or need a few questions answered, please send us an email at novascotia@dukeofed.orgWe are here to help.

Get Started

To become a Duke participant, register here. If you are having difficulty, or can't find your Award Unit, please contact us.




 Holiday Baskets

Support the Duke of Ed Award in Nova Scotia by letting us take care of your holiday shopping this year. Order your Holiday Baskets now!



Did you know?

In Nova Scotia, the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are Grade 10, 11, and 12 high school Personal Development credits respectively.


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Charitable Registration Number is 86872 5961 RR0001.

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If you are not part of an existing Award Unit, you may be able to continue your Award under the guidance of an Open Award Centre. To learn more about Open Award Centres, click here.

If you live in the HRM area and are not part of an existing Award Unit, you can join the Adventure Earth Centre (AEC) Award Unit. To learn more about the registration process for this Award Unit please send an email to AEC here.

Please note: if you have not paid your registration fee for your Award you can do so online through PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account) here. Once you have completed your payment, please email the office with your name, Award Level and Award Unit. 

Have a question? Check out our FAQs or the Participant Handbook.

Adventurous Journey Opportunities and Resources


As a reminder, all Adventurous Journeys must be completed in order: Preparation and Training, then a Practice Journey, then the Qualifying Journey. 


 Gold Project Opportunities and Resources



Skills Opportunities


Service Opportunities


Physical Recreation Opportunities


  •  Physical Recreation Opportunities (coming soon!)

 More Resources


All activities for the Award require an assessor and an assessor report. 

If you started your current Award level prior to September 1st, 2013 and are not on the Online Record Book, please contact the Award Office to submit your Award.

Open Award Centres 


Open Award Centres started as a concept in the Nova Scotia Division as a way to ensure that the Award is available for youth in their home communities or local regions across the province.  They are designed to enhance and support the local club, youth group and/or school based Award Units, as well as fill any gaps that may exist in making the Award accessible to youth.  Open Award Centres are typically incorporated into the youth services offered through organizations with a broad or regional reach such as recreation centres, municipal recreation departments, and public libraries.    

Currently, Nova Scotia is the only Province offering access to the Award through Open Award Centres.


Current Open Award Centres



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For youth in the Kentville area who are not members of an existing Award Unit.
Website: Kentvile Parks & Recreation
Contact: Julia Stephenson

Hants North Recreation and Development Association

For youth in the Hants North area who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Contact: Shelli Singer

Region of Queens Municipality

For youth in the Region of Queens Municipality who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Website: Region of Queens Municipality
Contacts: Troy SmithCrystal Stewart-SmithCassandra Williams

Cole Harbour/Portland Valley Constituency

For youth in the provincial constituency of Cole Harbour/Portland Valley who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Contact: Shannon Finlay


Resource Opportunities Centre - Prospect Open Award Centre 

For youth in the Prospect area who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Website: Prospect Communities
Contact: Shirley Jollimore


4-H Nova Scotia

For youth registered with 4-H in Nova Scotia who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Website:4-H Nova Scotia
Contacts: Robin Benedict, Wilma Schenkels


Award Leaders


The Award Leader Handbook is available! Download it from here. If you are looking for the ORB How-To Guide, click here

If you have an Award Participant who did not pay online when registering, but would like to pay online, please contact the office.

To learn more about upcoming Award Leader training click here.

 Please note: if you have a participant that needs to pay pay their registration fee for their Award, the participant can do so online through PayPal (a PayPal account is not needed) here

Once the participant has completed their payment, please email the office with the participant's name, Award Level and Award Unit. 

Report Templates


Gold Project Report Template

Gold Project Assessor Report


Adventurous Journey Resources


Expedition - Adventurous Journey

Exploration - Adventurous Journey

Practice Journey Assessor Report

Qualifying Journey Assessor Report

Route Card

Adventurous Journey Award Standards 


Group Assessment 


Award Leader How-To

Instructions for Participants

Group Assessment Report Form


Promotional Materials


Spring Poster Series - English and French

Fall Poster Series - English

Fall Poster Series - French

Announcement Poster - English

Announcement Poster - French




The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award can only be earned though perseverance, and dedication. Each of our Award Achievers have risen to the challenge of the Award and are recognized below.

Congratulations to all our Award Achievers! 

2018 Award Achievers

2017 Award Achievers 

Congratulations to all 2017 Award Achievers!

2016 Award Achievers

Congratulations to all  2016 Award Achievers!

Calling All Cadets! 

Did you know that many Cadet activities can count towards The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award?

Like the Cadet program, the Duke of Edinburgh program recognizes development of a skill, participation in physical fitness and community service, and expeditions/field training. In addition to looking great on a resume, Cadets can wear the achievement pin on their uniform and it counts towards scoring for National Courses and CTC Staff Cadet positions.

Below are brochures that outline the official partnership between Cadets and our Award program, and which cadet activities count towards the award.

Please contact Captain Diane Sunde for more information on bringing the Duke Award to your Cadet Unit.


Zone Award Units


Zone J3 (Debert)

If you are a Cadet in Zone J3 (Debert), covering north of Truro and west of New Glasgow/ Pictou, and your Cadet Corps is not currently running an Award Program, you can register with Award Unit, "Cadets - Zone J3 (Debert)". Register for ORB here

Zone J3 (Debert) includes the following cadet units: 41 RCSCC, 88 RCSCC, 258 RCSCC, 219 RCACC 272 RCACC, 1442 RCACC, 1859 RCACC, 2928 RCACC, 77 RCACS, 154 RCACS, 374 RCACS, 397 RCACS, 596 RCACS, and 689 RCACS.


Holiday Baskets

Support the Duke of Ed Award in Nova Scotia by letting us take care of your Holiday Shopping this year! Order your Holiday Baskets now!





Duke Awareness Week

Each year, we begin the celebrations with a Flag-Raising Ceremony at Province House where the proclamation is publicly read by a member of the Provincial Legislature. The Lieutenant Governor, our Honourary Patron, brings greetings and officially raises the Duke flag on our behalf.  

To learn more about Duke Awareness Week, click here.


The 6th Annual Scotch Whisky Tasting 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 6th Annual Scotch Whisky Tasting! A great time was had by all. 




2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival in Halifax

Thank you to our Duke Participants who volunteered to help run our Concessions Stand at the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival on January 17th and 18th!

We look forward to running the stand again next year!


Support Us



The Award is a non-profit organization that operates in ten divisions serving all the provinces and territories of Canada. The Nova Scotia Division serves our province and thanks to the generosity of corporate and private donors, foundations and service organizations, the Award is able to engage all regions of the province. 

As a supporter, your donation helps all young people across the province, regardless of social, economic or geographical background, have the opportunity to participate in the program. It ensures that the Leaders and volunteers are well-trained and ready to assist participants as they set their own goals and work towards achieving them in a safe and supportive environment.  

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support the Award in Nova Scotia, please contact us by email, by phone at (902) 425-5454 ext. 329 or join us at one of our events.


How to Donate

  • Click the red 'Donate' button and select 'Nova Scotia'.
  • To make your donation by mail, please fill out this donation form and send it to the Award Office.
  • If you would like to donate over the phone please contact the Award Office at (902) 425-5454 ext. 227. 
  • Please consider including us as part of your United Way commitment. You will need to include our Charitable Registration # 86872 5961 RR0001.


Thank you to our current supporters!






The Halifax Youth Foundation






Our Founding Board of Regents


Keith and Heather Barrett
Anne Campbell and John Lindsay
The Honorable Hiram and Ruth Carver
The Craig Foundation
Dr. Colin Dodds and Carol Dodds
The Honorable Michael Shearer and Elizabeth Delory
The Honorable Donald and Linda Oliver
Don and Robin Todd
Justice Margaret J. Stewart  

The Nova Scotia Provincial Board of Regents was founded to support the Award program in Nova Scotia. Membership on the Board of Regents is by invitation only. Regents are asked to contribute a one-time donation to become life-long members and supporters of the Provincial Division. 


Thank you for giving generously!

All gifts are greatly appreciated. 

How to Contact Us


Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada - Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1G6

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Email: novascotia@dukeofed.org
Phone: (902) 425-5454 ext. 227

Executive Director 

Connie Miller
Email: cmiller@dukeofed.org
Phone: (902) 425-5454 ext. 329

Award Officer

Heather Uhl
Email: huhl@dukeofed.org
Phone: (902) 425-5454 ext. 320

Program Assistant

Matt Godfrey
Email: mgodfrey@dukeofed.org
Phone (902) 425-5454 ext. 227


Office Hours


Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Award Office is closed on all government holidays and for an annual Holiday shut-down between Christmas and New Year's Day.

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